TO MEET IN NEW YORK
NEW YORK - Funding for transportation projects after the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act will be discussed at the annual meeting of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council.
The meeting will be March 24 at One World Trade Center, Suite 82 East, in New York.
The session also will address major investments, as well as transportation and air quality. The council will adopt its long-range transportation plan, entitled "Critical Issues, Critical Choices: A Mobility Plan for the New York Region 2015."
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has representatives on the council.
TO DISCUSS SEALIFT
LONDON - Edward Alexander, program manager for the MacGregor Group at the
Class Standard Equipment office for the U.S. Navy's Sealift Program, will present a paper at the upcoming RoRo 94 conference in Sweden in April.
His paper is titled "RoRo - the key to rapid military deployment - aspects of the Sealift program." The paper will describe how Roll-on/Roll-off shipping will play an even more important role in military support, a strategy involving the United States and every force in the world, officials said.
MacGregor, a London firm, has supplied several items of RoRo equipment to many of the world's navies and the equipment is used on a variety of vessels. Most of the company's RoRo equipment is used on various commercial ships ranging from small ferries to the largest ocean-going RoRo freighters.
MacGregor said it is the world's largest supplier of this specialized equipment.
CARRIERS LEAVE CHARGE
FOR FUEL UNCHANGED
SAN FRANCISCO - The Transpacific Westbound Rate Agreement, a group of nine ocean carriers that set rates together, announced that it will maintain its present fuel surcharge for the second quarter of 1994.
The surcharge is $20 a 40-foot container, $16 a 20-foot container, $10 a vehicle, or $1 a revenue-ton. It is designed to offset dramatic swings in the price of marine bunker fuel.
PORT AUTHORITY BOARD
WILL MEET THURSDAY
NEW YORK - The Port Authority Board of Commissioners of New York & New Jersey will hold its regular monthly meeting on at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on the 67th floor of One World Trade Center.
The Board meeting will be open to the public and the news media.
TGI FRIDAY'S OPENS
FRANCHISE AT OAKLAND
OAKLAND, Calif. - TGI Fridays, a chain of American bistro restaurants, is opening a franchise operation at the Port of Oakland's Jack London Square development.
The port is guaranteed minimum revenue of $1.5 million under the terms of the 10-year lease. The restaurant is expected to open in October 1994. The new tenant means that 40 percent of the Jack London Square development, which lay
dormant for two years because of administration problems, is leased.
398 MONSTER HUNTERS
AND 1 COUPLE IN LOVE
INVERNESS, Scotland - Hundreds of people hoping to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster have booked submarine trips - but one couple just wants to get married beneath the waves.
A company offering trips deep in the Scottish lake on a tiny research submarine said 400 people had already booked at $105 each. The Canadian-built submarine, which carries five people and a pilot, is due at Loch Ness later this month.
Reported sightings of the long-necked monster date back to the seventh century but scientists have never been able to find anything resembling it.
Most inquirers want to glimpse the monster, but one couple said they wanted to get married aboard the submarine.
The submarine will stay until September, making tourist trips and doing research work for the Rosetta Project, a survey of layers of loch-bed sediment.